Ore­gon gov­er­nor urged to veto con­tro­ver­sial sanc­tu­ary bill.

Im­mi­grant man charged with rape ig­nites GOP push

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - BY VALERIE RICHARD­SON

Ore­gon Gov. Kate Brown faces grow­ing pres­sure to veto a bill that would ex­pand the state’s sanc­tu­ary sta­tus af­ter an il­le­gal im­mi­grant who had been de­ported 20 times was ar­rested and charged with rap­ing an el­derly Port­land woman.

On the Demo­cratic gov­er­nor’s desk is House Bill 3464, an “emer­gency” mea­sure that would pro­hibit “pub­lic bod­ies,” such as state and lo­cal agen­cies, from di­vulging or in­quir­ing about a per­son’s im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus ex­cept as re­quired by state and fed­eral law.

Out­raged Repub­li­cans have dou­bled down on their cam­paign to stop the leg­is­la­tion since the July 24 ar­rest of 31-year-old Ser­gio Martinez, who is ac­cused of bind­ing and rap­ing a 65-year-old Port­land woman, then later that day try­ing to kid­nap a 24-year-old woman.

A week ear­lier, Martinez had been re­leased from the Mult­nomah County jail af­ter Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­tom En­force­ment tried to hold him with a civil de­tainer, in­stead of a crim­i­nal war­rant signed by a judge, “which they know can­not be legally used in Ore­gon,” Sher­iff Mike Reese said in a state­ment.

Martinez was “re­leased con­sis­tent with the or­ders of the court” af­ter serv­ing a 31-day sen­tence, the max­i­mum al­lowed by law, the sher­iff said.

The sus­pect, who has been charged with first-de­gree sex abuse, sodomy, bur­glary, rob­bery and kid­nap­ping, had been de­ported 20 times to Mex­ico. He had been booked nine times in the Mult­nomah County jail alone since 2008.

“Un­der no cir­cum­stances should an al­leged sex-of­fend­ing crim­i­nal il­le­gal alien get off scot free from their heinous crimes,” Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Whip Den­nis Linthicum said in a state­ment. “This is why we have rules, laws and the leg­is­la­ture … these in­sti­tu­tions pro­tect peo­ple.”

He said that sanc­tu­ary states like Ore­gon “ex­cuse law­less be­hav­ior and per­pet­u­ate crim­i­nal, rape and gang cul­tures. Every Ore­go­nian should be out­raged to see crim­i­nals let loose into the streets. Ca­reer Democrats shouldn’t sac­ri­fice Ore­go­ni­ans’ safety on the al­tar of their ex­treme po­lit­i­cal agenda.”

The bill won fi­nal ap­proval July 6 in the Demo­crat-con­trolled Leg­is­la­ture with no Repub­li­can votes. The gov­er­nor has 30 days to make a de­ci­sion.

Repub­li­can state Sen. Kim Thatcher said sign­ing the bill “will be con­sid­ered an act of law­less­ness by my con­stituents.”

“House Bill 3464 aids and abets law­break­ers,” Ms. Thatcher said. “It will cen­sure Ore­gon state and lo­cal gov­ern­ments by re­strain­ing them from giv­ing full co­op­er­a­tion to law en­force­ment when the sus­pect is not legally present.”

The bill, in­tro­duced at the re­quest of Ms. Brown and state At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ellen Rosen­blum, came in re­ac­tion to the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s push to en­force im­mi­gra­tion laws, ac­cord­ing to the House Rules Com­mit­tee anal­y­sis.

“In­creased fed­eral com­mit­ment to en­forc­ing fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion laws has re­cently re­sulted in fear and un­cer­tainty amongst im­mi­grant pop­u­la­tions and in­sta­bil­ity at pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions that serve all in­di­vid­u­als re­gard­less of sta­tus,” said the anal­y­sis.

The mea­sure also “pro­vides guid­ance for state agen­cies about how to im­ple­ment poli­cies that re­spect con­fi­den­tial­ity while com­ply­ing with state and fed­eral law.”

“Our im­mi­grant com­mu­ni­ties are liv­ing in fear,” said Ore­gon state Rep. Alonso Leon in a May 31 state­ment af­ter House pas­sage.

“I have heard from chil­dren who are afraid to go to school in the morn­ing, be­cause they aren’t sure if their par­ents will be home at the end of the day,” he said. “I won’t stand for these in­hu­mane im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment tac­tics that are tear­ing fam­i­lies apart — this bill is our chance to pro­tect these com­mu­ni­ties.”

Leg­isla­tive Repub­li­cans coun­tered that the bill “not only aims to si­lence pub­lic bod­ies from co­op­er­at­ing with the feds, it also con­tains a pro­ce­du­ral tac­tic that cur­tails cit­i­zens from hav­ing a say on the is­sue.”

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Gov. Kate Brown is fac­ing pres­sure to veto House Bill 3464, which would ex­pand the Ore­gon’s sanc­tu­ary sta­tus.

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